How to know when you must choose.
Three signs a relationship may be bad for your health include, when one person in the relationship must swallow their feelings, when fighting constantly ruins the fun, and when it’s one person’s way or the highway. Although a touch of each is normal, when morphed into reoccurring themes, the relationship may be hazardous to a person’s mental health. Addressing these relational issues before they take a toll on a person’s sense-of-self is critical.
1) Swallowing feelings
When one person in a relationship continually swallows his or her feelings because they are rarely met with understanding, they tend to feel lonely and sad. In the moment, the person avoids the pain of sharing feelings with a partner who inevitably criticizes them for feeling the way they do. Yet, the unfortunate result of stuffing emotions is that the person feels increasingly alone.
Frequently, this dynamic occurs when a person’s partner lacks the ability to understand a perspective that differs from his or her own. This is apparent when the partner says or does something hurtful but rebuffs any responsibility for it. He or she refuses to see the situation from the perspective of the person who was hurt, which often causes that person to feel insecure for feeling upset.
Often, the partner justifies his or her actions by distorting the scenario in a manner that paints him or her as the one…
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